From Technical Policy and Management to Medicine
“Years ago, before I decided to study Medicine, I started a bachelor in Technical Policy and Management at TU Delft. It was an exciting study. I learned to look at complex social problems from different perspectives. It was mathematical and technological, but I also took subjects such as Economics, Management and Law. Nevertheless, after obtaining my bachelor’s degree, I decided not to continue with this study. In the end I didn’t see myself working in an office. I much preferred to be able to mean something concrete for people. That’s why I decided to make the switch to Medicine.
During this training my enthusiasm for pediatrics arose. What appealed to me so much was the fact that as a pediatrician you look beyond the clinical picture. For example, I recently had a girl at my consultation who told me that her asthma had been bothering her a lot more lately. When I inquired further, it turned out that she regularly forgot her puffer since her parents divorced. The solution was simple: I gave her two inhalers. Now she always has one with her father and one with her mother.
Once I started education as a pediatrician, I was increasingly confronted with the heavy pressure on healthcare. This certainly applied to the neonatology intensive care unit. Nurses in this department are constantly exposed to all kinds of beeps and alarm signals. Only when they have a break they can escape from all those stimuli. In addition, there is the constant pressure to ensure that every baby receives the right care in the right place. The situation is now dire. If we want to future-proof the care for newborn babies, we really need to think about other solutions.”